Sunday, April 9, 2017


Clarisse vs. Beatty
      Bradbury introduces the character Clarisse as a smart minded, independent girl who is different from society. In the other hand, Beatty is basically the problem of what society faces, he wants everyone to be the same, not physically but mentally.
       Clarisse  starts off by having a friendly relationship with Montag and she then asked him if he was "happy". Clarisse and Montag somehow clicked because Montag liked the way the girl had her mind set, he enjoyed their conversations because not even his wife Millie would listen to him. By the time Montag felt some type of connection towards Clarisse she disappeared completely but later on was told she had gotten hit by a car. He felt devastated because he had never met anyone with the same understanding he did about the world. They both knew there was something great out there that is yet forbidden from their lives. After Clarisse "died" Montag had the audacity to read which was against the law. No one was allowed to have anything readable, just television or perhaps a radio. He risked his life because he wanted to seek his happiness wondering what was reading a book all about. Since a woman was burned to death along with her books Montag was traumatized but then was left wondering what was so important about a stack of papers filled with hundreds of words. Therefore, he seeked his happiness figuring out about the importance of books even if it meant breaking the law.Bradbury built this type of friendship between Clarisse and Montag by them understanding each other in a way no one else can comprehend. Montag went after what he desired but something stood by his way.
         Beatty is the one who gives orders at the fire station, firefighters cause the fires instead of preventing or stopping them. Having any kind of book including the bible was illegal because Beatty's argument was that books are only to make people worried or stressed and are a waste of time. He was the problem that stood by Montag's rode of happiness. Beatty burned anyone's home who owned books and Montag didn't want his house burned but he still wished to learn the importance of books. He knew it was illegal which was why he tried keeping it a secret but Mildred and her friends decided to snitch so it all went bad for Montag. Montag risked his life for a book, he wanted to read, he liked reading after all and he was not willing to give up because he had found his happiness. Bradbury made Beatty as an evil heartless person for burning homes, maybe he made it this way to prove that you should do what you believe makes you happy and be self reliant. Something will always get in between you and your rode of happiness because there will be something that will try to block it. Montag knew what he wanted and he killed the boss, Beatty, because his desire to read books was outrageous and only he could understand why. Therefore, I believe that Bradbury made Montag interfere with Clarisse and Beatty to prove that good and bad things associate within your pathway of happiness.

Thursday, March 30, 2017


1. The Hound attacked Montag because he killed Beatty
2. Montag defended himself by killing the Hound with the flamethrower
3. Montag realized that Beatty wanted to die because he really wasn't trying to defend himself
4. Montag goes to Faber's house
5. When Montag crossed the street he almost got ran over by a speeding bug and then assumed thats the same car that ran over Clarisse

Wednesday, March 29, 2017


* I went to the Santa Maria Public Library (like always *wink*) to check out a book and look for Fahrenheit 451 just to get a head start but I ran across something else, I checked out a big book bigger than what I usually go for but I ran across this on the book I am currently reading and it spoke to me (:

          Without bravery, he instructed, they would never be able to realize the vaulting scope of their own capacities. Without bravery, they would never know the world as richly as it longs to be known. Without bravery, their lives would remain small --far smaller than they probably wanted their lives to be.

Fahrenheit 451 Pt.3

- Beatty made Montag burn his house down
- Beatty told Montag as soon as he's done burning his home he is under arrest
-Mildreds friends turn in the alarm for reading poems
-The ear plug fell from Montag's ear and Beatty picked it up
- Why was Montag's solution to burn?
   ~it was his impulse to protect
   ~ he didn't want Beatty to harm faber
*"Don't face a problem, burn it" said Montag to himself , but was Beatty's quote
*4 book still stayed by the Gardens fence
*Beatty wanted to die because he was just standing there joking
*The hound hurt Montag's leg and it was hard for him to walk
* A bug w as speeding and almost ran over Montag and he believes it was the same car that ran over clarisse

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Questions pt.2

1. In the scene where Mildred and Montag read books together, what are their separate reactions? Montag wants to continue reading them while Mildred isn't too sure of reading the books she wants to stick to listening to the t.v
2. What is the effect throughout sections I and II, of the bombers flying over? no one really pays attention to the bombers flying around because people seem to just think about themselves.
3. Who is Professor Faber? Retired college English professor because no one is no longer interested in books but communicates with Montag about books.
4. Montag’s reaction to the commercial on the subway is a turning point in his life. How does he react and why? he tries to remember something from a bible but is having a difficult time remembering and then realizes that people really can't have thoughts of their own
5. What argument does Faber make for books? Faber said books have quality meaning books reflect real life
6. What is the “small green metal object”?
7. What does the White Clown show lead you to believe about television programming in this society?
8. Why does Mrs. Phelps cry when Montag reads “Dover Beach”?
9. What is Montag’s destination at the end of section II? why?

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

15 Questions

1.The novel Fahrenheit 451 begins : “It was a pleasure to burn.” Why does Ray Bradbury start the novel in this way? Why might it be more pleasurable to burn books rather than read them? Ray Bradbury starts the novel in this way because the society burns books and peoples homes, it might tbe more pleasurable to burn books rather than read them because they want people to knowledge what they know by visual movement and effects instead of words off a book. Nowadays firefighters put out fires, in the novel they cause the fire.
2. In the opening scene, why are the books compared to birds? Books are compared to birds because books contribute with our ideas and thoughts that lead into more thoughtful everlasting ideas
3. Discuss the difference between Montag and Clarisse’s lives. Montag is unhappy, Clarisse is happy. In Montag's house, there is sadness, darkness and it's cold. In Clarisse's home, there is love, happiness and laughter.
4. Montag’s television includes headphones called “seashells.”  The “wall to wall circuit” allows Mildred to enter the “play” and, therefore, the television programming. How does the technology within the novel compare to our current technology? In the first pages of the novel,does technology improve the quality of life for Montag and his wife, Mildred? Why or why not?
5. Why does the narrator introduce us to Montag at this time of his life, when he encounters Clarisse and confronts Mildred’s overdose?
6. Why does the author introduce the character of Clarisse before Mildred? Clarisse is different than Mildred and everyone one else in the society
7. Why are all the houses fireproof in this society? I'm guessing they are fireproof because since firefighters cause the fires they don't want fire to spread through the whole city because only certain houses are burned down.
8. Why does Mildred require emergency service? What service is provided?
9. What is the mechanical hound and what is its purpose?
10. Why does the society consider Clarisse “anti-social”? Clarisse is considered anti-social because she doesn't go to school because she says no one is like her, they are all different and think differently than her.
11. When the woman’s house is raided, why does she light the match?
12. Describe the relationship between Montag and Mildred.  Their relationship is dead, their love is gone and they are both unhappy.
13. What is the purpose of Beatty's visit?
14. Reread Captain Beatty’s monologue (pp.57-59). Discuss his view that school cultivates anti-intellectual sentiment (p.58). In your opinion does it accurately depict your high school? Do books violate the idea that ”everyone is made equal” (p.58)?
15. Why does Montag feel “fat”?

Bradbury 3.14

l•He is NOT happy
•His wife overdosed but luckily she survived
• Montag's house is filled w/ sadness, darkness, and it's cold
*Clarisse's is filled with laughter, love and happiness
*Clarisse is unusually happy
*Montag's relationship with his wife is NOT good
*Burning books and woman
*Montag is not happy he said it to himself
*People overdose because they THOUGHT they were happy
*Montag copes with his life and takes a sleeping pill
*"he stood looking up at the ventilator grill" Pg.8
*Role of woman who "lack intelligence"
* We can see everything in the book happening in real life, such as overdosing and lack of happiness
*Clarisse got ran over